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    ACTION ALERT: New York Times Ignores Letter from 60 US Diplomats Please contact the New York Times: 212-556-7652 / public@nytimes.com Ask them to print the
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      ACTION ALERT: New York Times Ignores Letter from 60 US Diplomats

      Please contact the New York Times: 212-556-7652 / public@...

      Ask them to print the story on the over 60 US former diplomats who
      have sent a letter blasting Bush for his support of Sharon, saying
      that this "is costing the United States credibility and friends" and
      is placing ``U.S. diplomats, civilians and military doing their jobs
      overseas in an untenable and even dangerous position.''

      (The story is buried on their website under the category "More News
      Fom AP": http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-US-Mideast-

      Talking Points:

      Statements from American former diplomats are perhaps even more
      newsworthy than those of British diplomats. (The New York Times
      printed an article on a similar letter:

      This is highly important news; people all over the world – including
      Israel – are learning of it; American citizens should as well. (e.g.
      South Korea, New Zealand, UK, etc.)

      Not carrying this type of story lends credibility to charges that the
      NYT possesses a pro-Israel slant in its news coverage.

      [Note: The full text of this letter is below. It falls far short of
      what actually needs to be said in reference to Israel by America.
      It's a tenuous but good start. - WVNS Editor]

      U.S. Middle East Policy
      Former US Diplomats' Letter Criticizing Bush's Mideast Policy
      From the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
      May 4, 2004

      Sixty former US diplomats, many of them high ranking, sent the
      following letter criticizing President George W Bush's mideast policy.

      President George W. Bush
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
      Washington, DC

      Dear Mr. President:

      We former US diplomats applaud our 52 British counterparts who
      recently sent a letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair criticizing his
      Middle East policy and calling on Britain to exert more influence
      over the United States. As retired foreign service officers we care
      deeply about our nation's foreign policy and US credibility in the
      world. At the request of our government and military colleagues, we
      have added their names as well.

      We also are deeply concerned by your April 14 endorsement of Israeli
      Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral plan to reject the rights of
      three million Palestinians, to deny the right of refugees to return
      to their homeland, and to retain five large illegal settlement blocs
      in the occupied West Bank.

      This plan defies UN Security Council resolutions calling for Israel's
      return of occupied territories. It ignores international laws
      declaring Israeli settlements illegal. It flouts UN Resolution 194,
      passed in 1948, which affirms the right of refugees to return to
      their homes or receive compensation for the loss of their property
      and assistance in resettling in a host country should they choose to
      do so. And it undermines the road map for peace drawn up by the
      Quartet, including the US.

      Finally, it reverses longstanding American policy in the Middle East.
      Your meeting with Sharon followed a series of intensive negotiating
      sessions between Israelis and Americans, but which left out

      In fact, you and Prime Minister Sharon consistently have excluded
      Palestinians from peace negotiations. Former Palestinian Information
      Minister Yasser Abed Rabbo voiced the overwhelming reaction of people
      around the world when he said, "I believe President Bush declared the
      death of the peace process today."

      By closing the door to negotiations with Palestinians and the
      possibility of a Palestinian state, you have proved that the United
      States is not an even-handed peace partner. You have placed US
      diplomats, civilians and military doing their jobs overseas in an
      untenable and even dangerous position.

      Your unqualified support of Sharon's extra-judicial assassinations,
      Israel's Berlin Wall-like barrier, its harsh military measures in
      occupied territories, and now your endorsement of Sharon's unilateral
      plan are costing our country its credibility, prestige and friends.
      This endorsement is not even in the best interests of the State of

      It is not too late to reassert American principles of justice and
      fairness in our relations with all the peoples of the Middle East.
      Support negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, with the
      United States serving as a truly honest broker.

      A return to the time-honored American tradition of fairness will
      reverse the present tide of ill will in Europe and the Middle East-
      even in Iraq. Because the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the core
      of the problems in the Middle East, the entire region – and the
      world – will rejoice along with Israelis and Palestinians when the
      killing stops and peace is attained.


      Andrew I. Killgore, Ambassador to Qatar, 1977-1980
      Richard H. Curtiss, chief inspector, U.S. Information Agency
      Colbert C. Held, Middle East Regional Officer
      Thomas J. Carolan, Consul General, Turkey, 1988-1992
      C. Edward Bernier, Counselor of Embassy for Information and Culture,
      Pakistan 1995-1996
      Donald A. Kruse, American Consul in Jerusalem
      Ambassador Edward L. Peck, former Chief of Mission in Iraq and
      John Powell, Admin Counselor of Embassy in Lebanon, 1975
      John Gunther Dean, Ambassador to India
      James Akins, Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
      Talcott Seelye, Ambassador to Syria
      Eugene Bird, Counselor of Embassy in Saudi Arabia
      Richard H. Nolte, Ambassador to Egypt
      Ray Close, Chief of Station Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1971-1979
      Shirl McArthur, Commercial Attache, Thailand
      David Fredrick, Country Director Peace Corps Morocco 1986-1990
      Bill Rugh, Ambassador to UAE and Yemen
      James Curran, Deputy Chief of Mission Togo 1973-1975
      Joseph Cheevers, Office of Inspectors General 1987
      Robert L. M. Nevitt, Minister for Press Affairs for the U.N.
      John Brady Kiesling, Political Counselor, Greece
      E. William Tatge, Counselor for Commercial Affairs, France
      Henry Precht, Deputy Chief of Mission, Egypt
      John O. Sutter, FSO, The Asia Foundation's Representative for
      Indonesia, 1982-1984
      James J. Halsema, Counselor for Public Affairs, Egypt
      Nancy LeRoy, Public Affairs Officer, Mexico
      Thomas M. Martin, USIA Congressional Liaison Officer,
      Robert C. McLaughlin, USIA Madrid
      Edward Alexander, Counselor for Public Affairs, East Berlin, 1976-
      Roman Lotsberg, Admin Officer, Office of European Affairs
      Dr. Shirley Hill Witt, Cultural Affairs Officer, Zambia, 1994-1996
      Arthur L. Lowrie, Political Advisor to the Commander in Chief, U.S.
      Central Command
      Carleton Coon, Ambassador to Nepal 1981-1984
      Jane Coon, Ambassador to Bangladesh, 1981-1984
      George B. Roberts, Ambassador to Guyana, 1979-1981
      Robert V. Keeley, Ambassador to Greece
      John E. Marsh, First Secretary, Embassy Kuwait, 1971-1973
      Thomas W. Fina, Consul General, Milan, 1973-1979
      Harland H. Eastman, Consul General, Tangier, Morocco, and Tel Aviv,
      Arthur Mudge, Director, USAID Mission to Sudan, 1980-1983
      Ronald I. Spiers, Undersecretary of State for Management
      Albert L. Seligmann, Director, Office of Japanese Affairs, 1981-1983
      Orin D. Parker, President, America-Middle East Educational Services,
      Robert C. Amerson, Counselor for Public Affairs, Italy
      Christian Freer, Colonel, AUS ret., former chief of CIA stations and
      War Plans staff
      Thomas J. Hirschfeld, Deputy U.S. Rep MBFR Negotiations
      Edward R. M. Kane, Deputy Chief of Station, CIA, Iraq
      Col. Richard Hobbes, US Army Retired, Politico-Military Adviser to
      NEA 1974-1977
      Col. David Antoon, US Air Force, Retired
      Brig. General Augustine A. Verrengia, USAF Ret.
      Greg Thielmann, Director, Office for Strategic Proliferation Military
      Affairs, Bureau of Intelligence and Research
      Robin Berrington, Cultural Attache, Japan
      Gary S. Usrey, Deputy Chief of Mission, Morocco
      Owen Roberts, Ambassador to Togo
      Chas W. Freeman, Jr. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Assistant Secretary
      of Defense, 1993-1994
      Edwin Paul Kennedy, Jr., Regional Affairs Officer for N. African,
      Near Eastern, and S. Asian Affairs, USIA
      Thomas J. Scotes, Ambassador to Yemen, 1975-1978
      Michael Mennard, Ph.D., Regional Public Affairs Officer, India
      Francois M. Dickman, Director Arabian Peninsula Affairs 1972-76,
      Ambassador to UAE 1976-79 and Kuwait 1979-83
      Terrell E. Arnold, Former Deputy Director Office of Counterterrorism
      and Consul General, Brazil

      Edy Korthals Altes, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Madrid 1983-1986
      Mr. Gerben Meihuizen (The Hague) former Netherlands Ambassador in
      Syria, Saudi Arabia and Algeria
      Former Congressman Paul Findley (R-IL)
      Robert Norberg, Director ARAMCO, ret.
      Bishop John William Assemby of Yahweh
      William Hughes, WWII veteran, retired engineer
      Clyde A. Farris
      Mary Ann Schwab, teacher, voter
      Rev. J. Martin Bailey, Consultant to the Common Global Ministries
      Henry E. Kydd, retired Army Sergeant, director of homeless shelter,
      Dr. Edna Homa Hunt
      David Wade, Ph.D, Researcher
      E. Faye Williams, Esq.
      Koen Stork, Netherlands Ambassador in Bucarest
      W. Lance Haynes, Professor of Speech and Media Studies, University of
      David S. Dodge, President, American University of Beirut, ret.
      Mrs. Frederick G. Roberts, widow of Frederick Roberts, CIA, Turkey

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